Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I do hands-on work with the scientific instruments that make up Ocean Networks Canada's marine observatories. I help deploy, recover, maintain, and repair sensors for temperature, ocean currents, salinity, organic matter, and more.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
As a kid, my interest in marine technology was inspired by undersea adventure novels and public television documentaries on the ocean.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
In general, I have been fortunate to have enthusiastic teachers/professors and a supportive family.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
For me, the most fascinating element of our work is watching live footage from the ROV. It is incredible to see the all the creatures and geologic formations on the seafloor.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
Prior to working in marine technology, I was a technologist and engineer in the aerospace industry. I worked on electronic aircraft systems such as data recorders, engine control computers, and landing gear controllers.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Technologist Diploma - Humber College 2008, Bachelor of Engineering - University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2015
What are your hobbies?
Hiking, biking, running, music, reading, vintage electronics repair.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Go for it! Keep an eye open for job postings. Even if you lack experience in the field, or are missing some of the qualifications, just go for it. I never expected to land this job. I applied even though my marine experience and qualifications were limited. At each stage (resume, interview) I conveyed my genuine enthusiasm, and that definitely helped. If you’re truly interested in something, but the opportunities are not there, it never hurts to try a cold call. Get in touch with someone who is already working in this sector, and ask a few questions. I have a post-grad to thank for relaying my resume to Ocean Networks Canada. When a position did eventually open, I was called for an interview.